I was worried I was expecting way to much out of such a small tractor.

BMill

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Introduced myself in another forum spot .. about my excitement of my most recent purchase. Decided after last winters' record snowfall of over 33 feet total snow for the season that I was going to purchase a small tractor to help with my snow removal. Plus in winter I can't drive my car around behind my house and get to my trailers etc. I live on a bit of an hill and cant get my snowblower to work that hard. Snow blowing has gotten old. I only got my first snowblower about 10 yrs ago. Didn't get this beauty until a couple of weeks ago ... yes the winter season is pretty much over this year, spring is on the way, but I spent months doing my research and knew I didn't want to spend more than around $10 to $12 grand and even then I knew I wouldn't get much at that kind of price. I only have a 1/4 acre but wanted to do some work on it to improve its use potential , in addition with last winter's storms becoming such a lion of a season, my shed collapsed and I thought a tractor would be a welcomed "Beast Of Burden" . When I saw a tractor for sale for $8500 I decided to jump on it knowing it was small, very old and well ... I was taking a chance on it, and was able to negotiate over the phone for a little better price that both of us were happy with ... I made my mind up to make the 9 or 10 hr round trip drive to pick this up after renting a trailer as all my trailers' were buried in snow, however I knew I would be happy as I could tell it was a very meticulously maintained tractor.

1980 Kubota B7100 4wd with loader and 3pt hitch
Recent work included new rams (rebuilt) and hydraulic controller valve, new hoses to pump and all fluids and filters changed and new battery, new tires and what looked like new rims, but I didn't need to ask as I liked what I saw ... complete and almost new looking tractor. It's a work horse and I love it. A couple showing what I have gotten done in 5 or so hours , only about 12 or 13 ft this year .. a couple showing last yrs record snowfall ... and the for sale ad pic that I was glad I saw. It may take me about 12 or 15 more hrs of work to get all the way around the back of my house and get out a couple of my trailers, but I'll do it with a smile.
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D2Cat

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Looks like a nice machine. Also looks like you have some seat time before you get that snow pushed back. Have fun.
 

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That’s a sharp looking 1980 machine. Someone loved it.

I see it has R14 rear tires and ribbed (sort of) front tires. You might look into the stock tire sizes and made sure it has tires that maintain the stock diameter ratio between rear and front tires to avoid stressing the gears in higher traction conditions. Also, I’ll bet a set of R14s or R1s upfront would help even more with the snow clearing duties.

Enjoy the new machine.
 

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Great find…awesome pics! Looks really clean👍.

Are you using any ballast on the back of that orange monster?

if not already considered that is something to think about for your use cases. Whether tires are filled or not, a ballast box or heavy implement on the back might be helpful for your traction/stability needs and loader work (take some weight off the front axle). ☕
 

tsp159

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That’s a sharp looking 1980 machine. Someone loved it.

I see it has R14 rear tires and ribbed (sort of) front tires. You might look into the stock tire sizes and made sure it has tires that maintain the stock diameter ratio between rear and front tires to avoid stressing the gears in higher traction conditions. Also, I’ll bet a set of R14s or R1s upfront would help even more with the snow clearing duties.

Enjoy the new machine.
It might be a 2WD "E" model? Hard to tell because the four lug front wheels look like golf cart wheels to me. If it is a 4WD "D" model then the ratio is definitely off just looking at the tires. You can't find R14t tires that fit the B7100 4WD models with the stock wheels. I've run the math and there's nothing on the market in sizes that work.
 

ken erickson

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It might be a 2WD "E" model? Hard to tell because the four lug front wheels look like golf cart wheels to me. If it is a 4WD "D" model then the ratio is definitely off just looking at the tires. You can't find R14t tires that fit the B7100 4WD models with the stock wheels. I've run the math and there's nothing on the market in sizes that work.
The OP mentions it is 4 wheel drive in his post.
 
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The OP also mentioned that it appeared to have new rims. A machine that old and appears to have been well taken care of makes me think that the previous owner made sure that the tire ratios are correct.